ITEM: Today is our day for news from Norway. First up, a moose hunter took careful (allegedly) aim at 1,000 pounds of good eatin', fired, and... hit a 70-year-old man sitting on the toilet in his vacation home, conveniently located somewhere behind the moose. The man was not badly hurt (though probably was glad he was sitting down for this one), and the moose escaped unharmed. Oddly enough, the story from sky.com - which is a bit deficient in details such as how far away the home was, DID manage to mention the victim's wife "doesn't hold a grudge". Hmmm...
ITEM: Norway, round two, where deep in a mountain valley lies the town of Rjuken. So deep, in fact, that most of the six month long winter the mountains block out the sun. So, the town decided to do something about it.
They set three 183 sq. ft. mirrors up on one of the mountains to reflect sunlight into the valley. The town rejoiced- except, perhaps, for the man who was making a living cable-carring people up the mountain the last few years to get a winter's look at the sun.
Now I had thought it would be amusing if they were so far north that once they got the mirrors up, they learned that the sun doesn't even rise in the winter! No such luck, though; the town is in southern Norway and the worst they get is just under a six-hour day.
ITEM: You would think some people would consider it imperative to get along with their hairdresser, am I right?
Oh, wait. That ship HAS sailed...
ITEM: And now a Russia double-header. First, the city of Omsk steps into the PC debate over Halloween:
Dressing your child up as a witch or pirate costume and sending them off to a school Halloween party may seem innocuous, but it could actually have "destructive consequences," according to education department officials in the Omsk region.
A letter to the directors of education institutions and municipal departments advised them against celebrating Halloween in the region's schools this year so as not to encourage "extremist attitudes" among Omsk's youth, Interfax reported Wednesday.
These studies showed that Halloween's "mystical content, explicit promotion of the cult of death, its personification, can have destructive consequences for the psychic, spiritual and moral well-being of students," the statement said.
I'm sorry, but thinking like that is why your hockey team is 5-13-5 and looking for it's third coach of the year.
ITEM: Our second story involves the efforts of Moscow to alleviate the traffic jams that clog the city every day. The bright idea? Make 'em pay to park! And not just parking meters, but you can get an app and pay by phone... unfortunately, some are finding that the connection fails and get hauled off anyway. The deputy mayor of the city claims that traffic in midtown was cut by 25%- though some trackers claim that's just a tad (read completely) exaggerated. I know, you're thinking, that must be some darn expensive parking fees to cut traffic 25% in six months, cut three hours off the average parking time, and speed up traffic by about 6 kph! It works out to be- are you sitting down?
Around $1.53 an hour. Not terribly bad by our standards, but when you figure the average Russian grosses about $5.30 an hour, it MIGHT be a bit stiff...
ITEM: In China, meanwhile, officials are encouraging major websites to be purveyors of positive energy.
Minister of the State Internet Information Office Lu Wei said in an online media forum that mainstream news portals and big commercial websites should play an exemplary role in strengthening management, developing healthy trends, pooling positive energy and contributing to the Chinese dream.
And what exactly is the Chinese Dream?
The official proposed using the Internet to "hear the will of the people, promote advanced socialist culture, and carry forward the virtue of integrity".
Hmm. I thought maybe Jandi Lin was the Chinese Dream.
As an important bridge linking the Communist Party of China and the government to the people, the Internet should tell stories of common people pursuing their dreams, said the official.
I notice it was "pursuing" and not "achieving".
I would mention this sounds like someone we all know, but we don't dig into the Hard stuff here at MWN!
ITEM: How about a cute one for a change? No, no more giant rubber duckies (this time). Pope Francis was giving a speech (or is that a sermon?) the other day when a little boy ran onto the stage and gave him a hug.
ITEM: Finally today, Dell has to deal with some pissed off- or maybe on- customers. They purchased the new Latitude 6430u Ultrabook, at prices around $2,600- only to find the ebook smelled like cat urine- in some cases making the customer physically sick. It did even worse to one customer:
But it was apparently too late for one unsatisfied buyer, askanyon else, who posted on October 29, that the cat had paid the ultimate price and he had only just noticed this thread.
"I want you to know that I killed our 1 year old cat, thinking it was p***ing on my computer each night and now come across THIS forum telling me otherwise. Not only do I want a new computer, I want a new cat, vet fees, letter of apology and payment for my divorce lawyer, since my wife has left me after finding this out" he wrote.
Boy, I remember that it used to be if you had a computer problem, blame the mouse. Now, it's blame the cat.
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